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Charles Fey invented the first coin-operated slot machine in 1894. His invention became popular and was widely copied. Its popularity led to its use in casinos, and it prompted governments to prohibit their operation or tax them heavily.

The slot machine pays out credits based on the combinations of symbols that appear on the pay line. The symbols vary, but classics include fruit and bells. Some machines have wild symbols that can substitute for other symbols to complete winning lines. The number of reels and payout amounts vary depending on the machine. Some slot machines also have progressive jackpots, which increase the size of the top prize over time.

When a player inserts cash or, in “ticket-in, ticket-out” machines, a barcoded paper ticket with a barcode, the machine activates reels that spin and stop to rearrange the symbols. The machine then calculates the total value of the combinations and displays them on a screen. The player may then press a button to activate the machine and collect the winnings, which are usually awarded according to the pay table.